Policy to support digital trade: Lessons from two emerging economies

Lorries blocked in Kasumbalesa, a Congolese town at the border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, 13 February 2014. Image: Getty, UCIEN KAHOZI/AFP
Lorries blocked in Kasumbalesa, a Congolese town at the border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, 13 February 2014. Image: Getty, UCIEN KAHOZI/AFP

This briefing explores policy experiences in the digital economy and digitalisation through a detailed study of two selected countries, Brazil and Indonesia.

This critical analysis provides insights into how policymakers can regulate and deal with the challenges of the emerging digital economy. Overall, digital policy directions in these two countries have much in common. While both countries already have core digital regulation and infrastructure in place, policymakers are working to refine policy to ensure that it fits with the changing needs of the digital economy and digitalisation. Both countries are moving beyond market-enabling policies to focus on a number of strategic areas through interventionist policies, rather than allowing a relatively passive diffusion of technology and knowledge. Not all of these initiatives have been effective and some carry costs, but in certain areas they have been associated with more vibrant local sectors that are helping increase local economic value added.

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10 Nov 2018
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Research by
Publisher
GEG Africa
Country
Brazil, Indonesia
SAIIA Programme
Economic Diplomacy
Tags
Digital Economy, G20, Trade
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